Written By Harry Mallett
Ipswich have confirmed the signing of former Rangers forward Martyn Waghorn on a 2 year deal with the option of a year extension, after beating Championship rivals Sunderland to his signature. The fee is thought to be around the £1million mark, Waghorn will wear the number 9 at Ipswich formerly of Leon best last season who was not able to replace the formidable Daryl Murphy who left for Newcastle just under a year ago.
Martyn Waghorn will be eligible to make his Ipswich Town debut if international clearance goes through when Town face League Two side Luton Town in the first round of the Carabao Cup tomorrow night at Kenilworth Road, as Town look better last season’s first round exit.
Waghorn who was an academy product previously of Sunderland, then joined Leicester permanently in 2010 for a significant fee of £3milllion after a very successful loan spell in the previous season where Waghorn netted 12 goals in 43 games in the Championship and was a big part of getting Leicester into the playoffs in the 2009-10 season.
In the following season Waghorn netted just 4 times in 30 appearances, and then lost favour at Leicester under then manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, where he was then loaned out to Hull City, Millwall and Wigan Athletic over the course of the following 2 seasons, where he found some form at the Latics bagging 3 goals in 9 games, impressing enough to join permanently on a free transfer in April 2014, he then netted just 3 times in 23 appearances for Wigan in 2014-15 campaign.
It was at this point when then Rangers manager Mark Warburton signed Waghorn on a 3 year deal in 2015 where he enjoyed his best goal scoring form of his career scoring 44 goals in 63 starts and 15 substitute appearances. During the 2015-16 season Waghorn was named in the Scottish Championship team of the season where he helped Rangers win the Scottish Championship and thus promotion to the Scottish Premiership, as well as lifting the Scottish challenge cup, in a season where he score 28 goals in the 36 games in all competitions.
He followed that up by scoring 16 goals in 41 games last season, although just 7 of those goals came in the SPL with Rangers appointing new manager Pedro Caixinha, towards the end of last season, the Rangers squad is in in a state of flux at the moment, as Pedro looks to offload some of the squad in order to bring in his own recruits. Joe garner also signing from Rangers this summer, already a fans favourite, hopefully Waghorn can prove to be another great export for Town from the Glaswegian club.
How will Waghorn fare at Town?
Waghorn at 5ft10 may not be the target man town fans have been craving since Murphy’s loss, last summer, but as we saw on Saturday against Birmingham, Garner is every much a handful as Murphy was and can very much play that role this season and be a focal point for us despite being only 5ft10. Waghorn however is versatile and can operate in a front 3, as seen for rangers where he was on the right side of a 3 player attack, allowing Waghorn to cut in on his left, which proved to be a good source of goals.
He is also well known for being well built and would certainly add more physicality to town’s front line, which certainly missed last season. Giving Mick a selection headache when Mcgoldrick, Sears, Garner and Waghorn are all fit, giving town another string to their bow. I am hopeful Waghorn will be a success here and at 27 years of age he still has his best years to come.
This signing could very well prove to be another shrewd signing by Mick McCarthy, in a summer where Mick had to get it right, and I think he has.